[FSFE] Get secure with a smartcard and support FSFE’s work in 2015

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Wed Dec 3 08:06:17 CET 2014

 = Get secure with a smartcard and support FSFE’s work in 2015 =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2014/news-20141203-01.it.html ]

Free Software Foundation Europe is a pan-European charity, established
in 2001 to empower users to control technology. To enable the
organisation to intensify its work with the European Commission and to
let more people know about Free Software, the FSFE needs another
€190,000 for its work in 2015. Next year, the FSFE will push harder than
ever to weave software freedom into the fabric of our society.

The new European Commission is currently setting the direction of its
policy making for the coming five years. The FSFE is in frequent contact
with Commission staff who currently see open doors for Free Software in
Brussels. In 2015, the FSFE wants to use this momentum to push for
changes on software procurement, standardisation, and device
sovereignty, and create real progress for Free Software and Open

At the same time, in 2015 the FSFE will reach out to more people, and go
to more places where people do not yet know about Free Software. The
FSFE will expand its network of local groups throughout Europe. The
organisation is constantly translating its increasingly popular
promotion materials[1] into many European languages. Local volunteers
can spread the word about Free Software by ordering gratis promotion
packs, and distributing the materials at libraries, cinemas, shops and
in other places, greatly extending the reach of the Free Software

The best way to support the FSFE's work is to[2] become a Fellow (a
sustaining member of the FSFE). All Fellowship contributions directly
benefit the FSFE’s work towards a free society. Fellows receive a state-
of-the-art Fellowship smartcard[3] which, together with the free GnuPG
encryption software and a card reader, can be used to sign and encrypt
e-mails, to secure SSH keys, to securely log into a computer from a
potentially insecure machine, or to store the user’s hard disk
encryption keys. Since the encryption key is stored on the card itself,
it is almost impossible to steal.

There is also the option to make a one time donation to the FSFE[4].

To continue its work in 2015, the FSFE will need €420,000 in total. The
organisation has already secured €230,000 thanks to existing sustaining
members, regular donations, and merchandise sales. The FSFE requires
another €190,000 to underwrite its work in 2015.

- Karsten Gerloff's blog entry about the FSFE's work in the last 12

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 1. https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword.it.html#promo-material
 2. https://fsfe.org/join/join.it.html
 3. https://fsfe.org/fellowship/card.it.html
 4. https://fsfe.org/donate/onetime-donation.it.html
 5. http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2014/12/01/preview-what-fsfe-did-in-2014/

  == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
  control technology. Software controlled technology is deeply involved
  in all aspects of our lives; and it is important that this technology
  empowers rather than restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the
  right to use, understand, adapt and share software. These rights help
  support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and
  privacy. (http://fsfe.org)

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